I have so many canvases in my basement. I don’t even really know why; whenever I walk into a craft store and I see some on sale, I automatically buy them. What I forget, though, is that I’m not good at drawing or painting. So, if I ever do make an attempt at painting on a canvas, it’s an all day affair and it often ends in frustration. With work being chaotic right now (and having been chaotic for a month or two) I’ve had no time or energy to devote to canvas art.
And yet, when I think about those canvases, I realize that they have so much more potential than just being paintings. Especially if you have a burlap canvas. I didn’t even know that those existed until about two months ago when I saw them at Hobby Lobby. I bought one and had a few ideas of what to do with it, but the craft that I settled on was making doily flowers on it.
Even for someone like me who isn’t confident drawing or painting freehand, this project was accessible, fun, and gorgeous at the end of the day. And now, all of you can make the same thing, even if you have less faith than me in your drawing abilities. Let’s get into the craft!
8×8 Inch Burlap Canvas
8×8 Inch Canvas & Burlap Fabric
Thin Paint Brush
1. Before you get into the craft, you have to decide which doily/doilies you’ll be using. Depending on how big your doily is, you may just want to make one flower on the canvas. As for me, I chose to use two doilies and have two flowers. Each doily I used was about 2 inches in diameter and roughly looked like a flower.
2. Lay out your doilies on your canvas where you want the flower heads to be. If you’re not confident in your placement, take a pencil and lightly stencil in where your stem and leaves will be. If you don’t like it, you should be able to remove the lead by gently washing the canvas. If you do like it though, you don’t have to remove the marks since you’ll be painting over them.
Don’t glue the doilies on at this point unless you’re confident you won’t get paint on them. If you’re not sure, take note of where they are on the canvas and put them off to the side as you move on to the next step.
3. Speaking of painting, now’s the time to paint the flower stems and the grass. For the stems, it’s easiest just to paint vertical lines with a narrow paint brush. For the grass at the bottom, you can keep using a thin paint brush, but I liked using a toothpick for those narrow pieces of grass. Using the toothpick prevented me from accidentally grabbing too much paint and getting blobs on the canvas.
4. After your stem(s) and grass are painted, it’s time to move onto the leaves. Roughly paint the leaves 1/3 of of the way down on the flower stems. I preferred to dab it on for the leaves to add to the rustic look of the piece.
5. Glue on your doilies if you haven’t already. If you notice a color difference because of the glue, just coat over your doily with modge podge or glue and that’ll even out the color again.
With that, your Doily Flower Art is done!
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On a more personal note, I’ll be taking a break from my regular blog posting for the month of May. I’m honestly feeling really burnt out from maintaining the blog and still working fulltime in a supermarket (which is pretty exhausting right now). I do plan on posting some though, including at least one Thursday Thoughts segment on how my cake decorating training is going. ❤